Grimsby Town were victorious in a fiery derby at Scunthorpe United yesterday, coming out with a 2-0 victory.
Whilst county rivals Lincoln City are currently the top team in Lincolnshire, the two sides separated by Lincolnshire’s only stretch of Motorway battled for bragging rights in the basement division. Ian Holloway’s men came out on top in front of 6,855 fans at Glanford Park.
It’s not all that long ago that the Iron were in the Championship and The Mariners were a non-league side, but they came together as equals in the midday kick-off. It seemed for the opening 45 minutes neither side had their Weetabix, with plenty of endeavour but little quality in front of goal.
After the break it was Holloway’s side who took control, Charles Vernam was one of two players left completely unmarked at the far post to head home on 51 minutes.
Just after the hour mark Luke Waterfall made it two. Waterfall, who has appeared for Scunthorpe as well as Lincoln City, powered his way through the Iron defence to double the visitor’s advantage with a firm header.
The hosts finished the afternoon with ten men, Levi Sutton was sent off for a late lunge on Elliott Whitehouse only minutes after coming on as a sub. It capped a miserable afternoon for the Iron, who just two years ago were hunting a place in the Championship, but who have suffered a spectacular collapse after sacking manager Graham Alexander.
Their fans are certainly not happy at their recent demise, as they express on social media after the game.
Disengaged and disillusioned, why should we renew next year?
— Alex (@alex_scunny) March 7, 2020
Best team won. Imagine playing that formation and putting in that kind of performance in the only relevant match until August. Shameful.
— Ross Gibson (@RossGibson1992) March 7, 2020
Two absolutely trash football teams
— Tom Ⓥ (@tcl1703) March 7, 2020
Until we start to realise that Swann is the problem, nothing will change
— The Golden God (@TheG0ld3nG0d) March 7, 2020
For a Derby match that was a heartless and gutless display! Swan is killing our club
— Stephen Goodchild (@stebleyg) March 7, 2020
Outplayed us at their place & we couldn’t even manage a single shot on target today in a derby.
With instability we’ve gone from the best team in Lincolnshire to the third best in such a short time.
First time ever I’m actually looking forward to the end of a season!#Pathetic
— Mark The Donny Iron (@markdonnyiron) March 7, 2020
That was as abysmal performance as ive seen for years, no shots on target and 90 minutes of hoofball… get lost wilcox.
— Ashley Iain (@AshleyIain4) March 7, 2020
Poor, just where is this club going, there doesn't seem to be a plan
— watki (@chriswatki1974) March 7, 2020